Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I finished my HCG... Now What?

WOW! is all I can say about the success we have seen with the new homeopathic HCG drops. We have patients and friends who are anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds lighter than they were before the start of the HCG program. They are also excited about the benefits of this weight loss, such as; more energy, renewed self esteem, lower blood glucose levels and a great reason to go shopping for more clothes!

If you wish to learn more about the diet you can visit our website to view the program and how it works. What I wish to discuss in this message is "Now that I have lost this weight, how do I keep it off?"

As with any weight loss program, once the weight is off, you must follow a healthy diet and exercise in order to maintain your new shape. HCG is a safe and fast weight loss solution for those who have had problems losing weight in the past, and most do not gain the weight back. With a few lifestyle modifications and committing yourself to a regular exercise plan, you can manage your weight and keep it off! Part of the reason many people do not gain the weight back is metabolic. The body has re-learned to burn fat for energy and it is no longer storing fat for an emergency hunger situation. Humans should be fat burning machines.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is high in processed foods and sugar. Often the body is provided too much of these types of foods and not enough lean protein, or vegetables (healthy carbs). This type of eating trains the body to burn sugar and non-complex carbs for energy, and when the body is provided this type of diet it forgets how to burn fat. These types of food also encourage over eating because they burn off so fast that you are hungry again shortly after eating them. For example, eating a piece of buttered toast would cause your body to burn off the toast and store the fat, and 20 minutes later you would want more to eat.

Now to the Meat and Potatoes of this discussion...

These are the things you want to do.
  • Exercise 200+ minutes a week (aerobic exercise is important for the whole body).

  • Drink lots of clean filtered water, free of chlorine other chemicals (reverse osmosis is best)

  • Avoid bottled beverages - no flavored waters, no soda or diet drinks, no carbonated beverages - I know it's no fun but... let's be realistic!

  • Eat healthy fats - nuts, olive oil, avocado, tuna, sardines

  • Focus on lean proteins - farm raised eggs and chicken, fish, turkey, free range lean beef etc...

  • Eat more vegetables - 8 out of 10 bites of food should be veggies and fruit.

  • Variety is key - eat lots of different colors of vegetables and fruits --antioxidants come in many colors!

For a really good list of foods to eat abundantly, moderately and to avoid go to our website and download leptin resistance. This plan explains why some of us burn fat better than others and has a very comprehensive list of foods.

Some things to avoid

  • cow's milk

  • ice cream

  • corn oil

  • lard

  • sugars (anything that ends in "ose" is a sugar)

  • high sugar fruit - such as; bananas, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes and dried fruits

  • fried foods

  • juices - especially ones made from concentrate. The best part of a fruit is the whole fruit, the juice is just the sugar part!

For more information on how to make sure your body continues to burn fat for energy click here and print out the leptin diet.

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